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30th August 2018
Fully 3D printed prototype for ‘bionic eye’

A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota have, for the first time, fully 3D printed an array of light receptors on a hemispherical surface. This discovery marks a significant step toward creating a 'bionic eye' that could someday help blind people see or sighted people see better. The research is published in Advanced Materials, a peer-reviewed scientific journal covering materials science. The author also holds the patent for 3D...

Medical
13th August 2018
3D-printed device could help treat spinal cord injuries

Engineers and medical researchers at the University of Minnesota have teamed up to create a groundbreaking 3D-printed device that could someday help patients with long-term spinal cord injuries regain some function. A 3D-printed guide, made of silicone, serves as a platform for specialised cells that are then 3D printed on top of it. The guide would be surgically implanted into the injured area of the spinal cord where it would serve as a ty...

Medical
26th April 2018
3D printing electronics and cells directly on skin

In a study, researchers at the University of Minnesota used a customised, low-cost 3D printer to print electronics on a real hand for the first time. The technology could be used by soldiers on the battlefield to print temporary sensors on their bodies to detect chemical or biological agents or solar cells to charge essential electronics. Researchers also printed biological cells on the skin wound of a mouse. The technique could lead to medi...

Medical
11th December 2017
3D printing lifelike artificial organ models

A team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has 3D printed lifelike artificial organ models that mimic the exact anatomical structure, mechanical properties, and look and feel of real organs. These patient-specific organ models, which include integrated soft sensors, can be used for practice surgeries to improve surgical outcomes in thousands of patients worldwide. The research was published in the journal Advanced Material...

3D Printing
11th May 2017
'Bionic skin' could give robots the sense of touch

Engineering researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices that could give robots the ability to feel their environment. The discovery is also a major step forward in printing electronics on real human skin. The research will be published in Advanced Materials and is currently online.

Component Management
8th May 2017
Transparent thin film material could improve electronics

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, have discovered a new nano-scale thin film material with the highest-ever conductivity in its class. The new material could lead to smaller, faster, and more powerful electronics, as well as more efficient solar cells. The discovery was published in Nature Communications, an open access journal that publishes high-quality research from all areas of the natural sciences.

Medical
25th April 2017
3D-printed patch helps mend a broken heart

A team of biomedical engineering researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has created a revolutionary 3D-bioprinted patch that can help heal scarred heart tissue after a heart attack. The discovery is a major step forward in treating patients with tissue damage after a heart attack. The research study is published in Circulation Research, a journal published by the American Heart Association. Researchers have filed a patent on t...

Component Management
16th March 2017
Process creates ultra-selective separation membranes

  A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has developed a groundbreaking one-step, crystal growth process for making ultra-thin layers of material with molecular-sized pores. Researchers demonstrated the use of the material, called zeolite nanosheets, by making ultra-selective membranes for chemical separations.

Component Management
29th November 2016
2D materials could make devices faster and smaller

A study by an international team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota highlights how manipulation of 2D materials could make our modern day devices faster, smaller, and better. The findings are now online and will be published in Nature Materials, a leading scientific journal of materials science and engineering research. Two-dimensional materials are a class of nanomaterials that are only a few atoms in thickness.

Component Management
26th October 2016
Soap molecule made from renewable sources

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a soap molecule made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment. The soap molecules also worked better than some conventional soaps in challenging conditions such as cold water and hard water. The technology has been patented by the University of Minnesota and is licensed to the n...

3D Printing
22nd September 2015
3D-printed guide helps regrow complex nerves

A national team of researchers has developed a first-of-its-kind, 3D-printed guide that helps regrow both the sensory and motor functions of complex nerves after injury. The groundbreaking research has the potential to help more than 200,000 people annually who experience nerve injuries or disease. Collaborators on the project are from the University of Minnesota, Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, Princeton University and Johns Hopkins Unive...

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